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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Oct 3, 2011 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

Okay, I think this topic has been kicked around to varying degrees (apologoes for topical recycling), but who has "brush with fame" stories with Jerry or other members of GD to relate?

I have but one with Jerry -

I was stationed in Ballston Spa, NY as an instructor back in the late 80s. The Dead were in town to play at SPAC - Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Mrs. Mando and I had been out and about and stopped at the Old Bryan Inn just outside of Saratoga Springs for lunch and a bowl of their world reknowned french onion soup. As we are sitting there waiting, I look across the room and see Jerry at one of the tables. I sorta gawked and whispered to Mrs. M,

Mando: "That's Jerry Garcia"

Mrs. M: "That's nice, who's Jerry Garcia?"

Mando: "Huh? What? Never mind."

I ordered him a beer and when the waiter dropped it off and pointed to our table he just smiled, raised his glass and said in that instantly recognizable silvery, elfin voice, "Hey, thanks man. Are you going to the show?"

Mando: "Yes, can't wait."

Jer: "Cool man, see you there. Thanks again."

That was it.....

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Oct 3, 2011 8:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

thats a cool story. Along with everyone elses.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Oct 3, 2011 10:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

i had interaction with the man as well, at my first show in augusta maine....i was in the courtyard of the holiday inn, adjacent to the civic center and jerry came out of one of the rooms and was leaning on the railing of the 2nd floor looking down at the pool area and i was walking by and looked right up at him and stopped and i said...."hey jerry, thanks a lot for the show , it was my first one!!!".... he replied .. "cool man, maybe we"ll see you at a few more!!" ,oh you will", i said and he turned and walked back into his room.

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Poster: Jobygoob Date: Oct 3, 2011 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

I met Phil at a book signing back in May 2005, when he was touring the country promoting his autobiography. I spoke to him about this site, and thanked him for allowing all the access. He told me that he used the site all the time when he was writing his book, to help jog his memory about certain specific sets and shows. It was a very cool moment and I was really glad to hear how much he appreciated this website.

Never met Jerry. When I was 17 years old, after a Philly show, my friend (whose aunt is Manasha Matheson) and I waited almost all night outside Manasha Matheson's apartment building because he thought she was bringing Jerry back to her place. I remember I had a cassette tape of Terrapin Station I was hoping he would sign. But they never showed up, I guess she met him at the Four Seasons and stayed over there.

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Poster: boltman Date: Oct 3, 2011 6:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

Hung out with Micky backstage after a Dead show. Spent about 20 minutes with him talking about a mutual interest in astronomy.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 3, 2011 10:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

Dang, shoulda told McNally I wanted to ask Mickey about astronomy. How did you end up backstage? What was that like? And I'm wondering how you ended up in a talk about astronomy ... I have this strange picture:

Young Boltman: Ohmigod! It's Mickey! He's a staaaar!

Mickey: Stars? Did you say stars? Why, did you hear about that binary red dwarf in the crab nebula?

Young Boltman: Oh indeed! It has many fascinating similarities to a favorite star of mine in ursa minor ...

Meanwhile, the boys are standing around, tapping their feet, making annoyed little harumphing noises, waiting to go on.

Jerry: Stars and their fans. Happens every time.

(Taps feet. Twiddles thumbs.)

Bob: Hey, it just struck me. Has anyone thought of bringing back Dark Star?

Phil: Why what a wonderful idea!

All together: Let's do it!

Jerry: But first we have to get rid of this star-struck kid or we'll never get Mickey back to his drums. Hey PARISH!

So, Boltman, tell us the real story. I mean, just in case that's not quite it.



This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-10-04 05:01:39

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 6, 2011 4:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

Too much! You really wanted that interview. The one that got away....

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Poster: boltman Date: Oct 4, 2011 8:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

Close!

I manage a couple of rather unique K-12 public charter schools in So Cal. We have established a unique relationship with the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena and so have control of three radio telescopes in the Deep Space Network.

I knew that Mickey was very involved in the sounds of the universe, stars, etc. Got a hold of his manager who got backstage passes for my wife and I and then set up some time to hang with Mickey after the concert. Very cool. Micky is big into astronomy, math, the science of the universe and very knowledgeable.

Hanging on the stage was pretty freakin' amazing I must say. Met some interesting folks. As a side note, and one of my favorite stories, before the show began I was talking to someone on the stage. Turns out to be Martin Fierro's son. It was his first Dead concert. I expressed some amazement, considering the association between his dad and Jerry. His response has kept me laughing every since...he said that NOT going to Dead concerts was the way he and his siblings "rebelled" against their parents. Still one of my favorite stories.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 6, 2011 5:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

> I manage a couple of rather unique K-12 public charter schools in So Cal.

bman- We homeschool and are involved in activities to keep the right of parents to do so free from government, and more importantly, teacher's union control. It's kind of beyond belief, considering the state where we currently live in is deep water blue, that we are able to homeschool with complete liberty. I am familiar with the changing laws throughout the country, as more kids are home schooled, and consequently are no longer on the public school role which equals less money from federal and state budgets to school districts. So, skirmishes and wars are happening state by state between homeschoolers and teachers unions (or their proxies).

I can not believe that you actually are involved in a charter school in So-cal. It's a modern miracle to have a charter school in So-Cal! Is there a long waiting list for parents who want their kids to have a proper education? There is here.

http://tinyurl.com/5tj2qoe

http://tinyurl.com/62vs569

If you do home school, or are thinking or it, or want to see the 'battle' map of legislative/legal action, these folks have been on board w/ us since Day One, over a decade ago.

http://www.hslda.org/

And remember homeschoolers (this mostly happens in the south, Texas, Michigan, Colorado or Cali), no one can enter your home w/out a warrant. Close the door if the authority doesn't have one and immediately call HSLDA, even if you are not a member. The child abusers should be hunted down. A family learning and growing in peace ought not be harassed or worse.

bman, you have a great job. Being a teacher is reaching your hands into the future, among other things. :-) Good luck!

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 6, 2011 7:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

Maybe this differs by state, but my understanding is that public charter schools do get tax money. They're public schools, privately run.

And, um, not to raise a hot potato issue, but I just have to mention that not everyone in the homeschool community agrees with everything HSLDA does.

Here's HSLDA's own words on why they campaign not only for homeschooling rights but also against gay marriage:

http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000010/200402050.asp

Here's another homeschool perspective on HSLDA and its tactics:

http://hsislegal.com/

Not saying they haven't done good over the years, but they definitely don't represent all homeschoolers. A group that endorsed Huckabee and opposes gay marriage definitely doesn't speak for my family.

(Yes, a homeschool debate comes to the GD Forum! Gasp. Is nothing sacred?!?)

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 6, 2011 9:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

It's a patchwork. Some do, some not so much. One of our schools we go to is a charter school that is privately funded.

AR, you are correct on HSLDA. I was purely thinking of legal issues. They are a traditional organization w/ unapologetic Christian values. No doubt. They also do pro bono work all day long. It's only happened once, but even here a friend got a knock on the door and a request to interview the child alone and inspect the house. (She was in no way abusing her daughter-> Lots of friends and family visits. Lots of school activities and sleepovers, i.e. lots of adult eyes on that girl all the time) So oh,no! What do you do? This arm of the state w/out any legal authority or a warrant wants to search my house and inspect my child! Time to call to HSLDA. And they can care less about your religion. More like homeschooler in need.

I have been a member of HSLDA for about ten years. No one has ever asked to see my curriculum or to conform to certain views. Do they have as an institution have precepts? Who doesn't?

I foundhttp://hsislegal.com/ is be alarmist with a skewed pov. about Christians in particular.

I didn't mean to continue hot potato, but threads go where they go.

Also, off on a slight tangent, I still want part of the word gay back.

"We were happy and gay on our honeymoon in Paris."

Anyone has a old movie clip of anything?

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 6, 2011 3:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

That's pretty cool. And funny about Fierro's kid. I bet there are people here whose kids have rebelled in the same way, LOL. (Though not by refusing to hang out on stage.)

Btw my husband is involved in a project involving charter schools and trying to extend the concept globally. No telescopes around here, though ... it's good if a school even has a computer. Or electricity!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Oct 3, 2011 10:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

only member I met was Brent when I was working at the Tower Records in Berkeley. Didnt say too much to him because he was clearly jacked up and all paranoid and jittery

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 3, 2011 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

Help Wanted Section:

Seasoned Throwback Rock Band seeks keyboard player. Preferrably jacked up, all paranoid and jittery. Questionable life choices a plus. Life-expectancy not paramount.

I think that ad ran at least 4 times.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2011-10-03 19:26:52

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 3, 2011 5:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

That's very funny.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Oct 3, 2011 7:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

went to a private show back in the lard 80s, place must have been about 300 seats tops...Garcia was playing the bass and was doing Standing on the Moon...weird...later, I was taking a leak in the bathroom and Garcia comes strolling in...he asked me how it sounded, I said it was cool, he complained that he couldn't hear himself...my buddies were standing outside smoking a J, they were shocked to see me walk out of the bathroom with Jerry Garcia, (definitely sounds strange), but even more shocked when he asked for a toke...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 3, 2011 11:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

Well, I got to interview Mickey. OK, it wasn’t a one-on-one; just one of those big media things with cameras rolling. I did meet him briefly beforehand, I think mainly cuz I kept bugging Dennis McNally (nicely, of course) about a one-on-one interview. And McNally was perfectly nice in return, earning his paycheck by ushering me around and all like a good p.r. guy. He kept saying he’d try, and then he’d stick me outside the door and reappear five minutes later and say again that maybe Mickey would have time in a few minutes before the press appearance, yada yada. But it was 1990, so that was the mega-Dead era and there were so not going to be any individual interviews with little local reporters. Just "hi how are you." That's about what I expected; but hey, might as well try.

Then we went into the whole big press event and I remember the questions all being lame. Probably about carrying on the flame of the ‘60s. I must have asked one that was OK, and it must have elicited a tolerable sound byte, cuz it was used on all the news channels that night. (Yeah, definitely mega-Dead era, with TV crews and all.) Of course I don’t actually remember what I asked. So there’s not much to the story, LOL.

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Poster: Jobygoob Date: Oct 3, 2011 11:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

is it on You Tube?

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 3, 2011 11:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

I doubt it. (If Jerry had been there, maybe it would have been.) But I've never thought of that. I'll have to search!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 3, 2011 11:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

Hey, very cool--you went from head to reporter on the head beat? Really?

I had NO experiences with any of them, but had a friend that once knocked on a door in Marin Co to get permission to go bird watching and it was Neil Young that answered...he said "sure", and then said "wait, I'll come with ya"...that's the kind of musical talent I need to meet.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 3, 2011 5:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Interaction (Cliff's post re Roger Waters got me thinking)

insanely jealous over all these stories.